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Posted in Bizarre, driving, FAIL, Videos by Kurt Ernst | December 28th, 2010 | 9 Responses |

If you’re driving on public roads, it’s pretty damn important not to take your car past the limits of its handling, or the limits of your own driving ability. On a racetrack, 11/10s generally results in minor body or suspension damage, and maybe a bruised ego when the video of your ham-fisted driving gets posted to YouTube. On a road like southern California’s Mulholland Drive, poor lane discipline can have far more serious consequences. How would you feel if your inattentive driving caused a fatal accident? Do you have the money to cover a defense attorney, and another lawyer for the inevitable civil suit?

Sadly, playgrounds like Mulholland Drive and the Tail of the Dragon (in North Carolina) are falling under ever increasing police scrutiny. The police agencies say it’s to improve safety, but in actuality that mission is secondary to increasing revenue. Talk about low hanging fruit; if you were a cop in either area, the only concern you’d have was “did I bring enough ticket books with me”. If this video is an indication of a normal weekend on Mulholland, it’s a wonder why California has a budget crisis at all; just tack a $10 “state administrative fee” onto every ticket, and it would be problem solved.

If you live where the roads are twisty, think twice about exploring the limits of your car, bike or ability in traffic. There’s a time and a place to go full-hoon, and weekends on crowded scenic roads just aren’t it.

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9 Responses

  1. rith says:

    The tail WAS a great road, but my last trip through it was spent at the most five miles under the posted speed more concerned with not hitting the car in front of me (or subsequently being hit when I slowed down) because the car in front stomped on the brakes every time a police car was spotted. Because of that it went from being an amazing scenic drive to a headache. I’ll get off the pedestal now.

    Sucks what happened/almost happened to the cars in the video, but on the (more cynical) upside, when these owners crash their nice cars, always a chance to buy it and build it back up.

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Rith, you’re not the first person to tell me that about the Dragon. Last time I was there was ’06, and it was still a fun road if you went off season and during the week. I’ve had about a half dozen people tell me “don’t bother anymore” in the last year. There are too many crashes, too many cops and too many people driving or riding way above their ability.

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  4. eddie_357 says:

    its just like back in the day when motorcycles got faster and people couldnt ride them very well.now as cars get better it should be mandatory to go to a scca type event and learn HOW to drive.

  5. Kurt Ernst says:

    eddie, I agree. That, or we should stop printing drivers licenses on the back of cereal boxes…

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